Welcome all...if you don't know, the latest images are at the end of the thread.
The first eight or ten pages...are a reminder to myself of how much I've grown in 7 or so years, so I'd like to keep them up, for now.
I am currently a full-time (read: unemployed ) student at Concept Design Academy in Pasadena CA, studying to be a Concept Designer.
Prior to that I persued a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and have worked for 5 years as Technical Illustrator.
Right. Sorry about the lame first post folks, that was by way of a test. So...I guess introductions are in order. I'm 26, originally from Baltimore (hon?), and currently clawing my way out of about a year of post-collegiate depression, trying to overcome my sense of artistic inadequacy.
I've come to the realization that 4 years of Graphic Design training doesn't really prepare you to be an illustrator or concept artist at all...so I'm trying a little self-education. My perspectives on life and art (my own and in general) have changed enormously from the preconceptions I've held most of my life, and at this point I really don't know what direction I'm going in.
So. I've got tons of sketchbooks accumulated over the past nine months or more. Don't want to overwhelm ya'll with too many crappy doodles so I'll drop my first dump in three chunks.
I like the first couple of bald guys you sketched up. It's interesting looking into the line graphing you got going on. The other heads seem crooked. Maybe it's the way you are holding your sketch pad or something has gone wrong with the head graphing bit....dunno. Are these sketches old or recent?
These are all old, maybe 6 months or so. And yes, there is some crookedness, the reason being: I started moving away from strict graphing to a more intuitive approach. That, and I worked on most of these while curled up on the couch...heheh.
I'll be posting more old stuff before I get to current work, just to show y'all what sorts of progress I've made and such.
You're not getting responses because you're posting the same piece. Work from observation, in something other than pen (sharpie, especially), and vary your subjects. You have some nice product up but you have to widen it.
I'm in the same boat. 26 years, did the whole graphic/web design thang.
I know how it feels
I like the prismacolor type toning on some of the heads you've done. You have a nice graphic sensibility (wonder why?).
Like Listing suggested, expand your vocabulary, experiment with diffferent mediums, draw things you don't want to draw. Watch your angles and proportions.
yes yes yes, keep it up. I enjoy watching your progress with heads. tough stuff but it`ll help. (i hope). anyway keep i up and dont let a lack of comments get you down. You`re here to improve and when you feel like it, post more personal work. Sharing your work is great, but keep motivated. replies are cool and they motivate. however dont let the lack of replies demotivate you.
Banshax - Thanks for the moral support. I've learned enough from GD school to know that growth only comes from being able to step back and change directions, and criticism is a crucial element of that. But I've also learned that you've got to persue your own agenda. Only the artist knows what's best for his or her art I guess.
Olle - Oi, a returning customer. Life is good. Hehe. Yeah, being an art-hermit for six months or so generates quite a shitload of stuff. Plus I've always been more oriented towards quantity than quality...otherwise I'd get bogged down in details or paralyzed with fear over ruining a single piece.
I did these a while back, on childrens' construction paper (!). 'General's' (Brand Name) charcoal pencils, set no 557 (three black, one white) are an escellent addition to any artist's kit. They give a really nice consistency, better I think than traditional stick charcoal. The white is especially lovely.
umm...FYI, these faces are from Mark Simon's 'Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists'. Never will you see a more comprehensive compilation of depressingly boring and poorly-lit people. Howeeever...They all have their whole heads in the frame, and there's lots of them...good for drilling proportions into fingers' muscle memory.
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I dig the colored paper.
I noticed a bit of alien lifeform effect on the forehead/craniums on your faces. While it's definitely a good point to leave ample room for a brain, I would look carefully at the proportions.
The colored paper drawings are funky inded. however drawing just the frnt of the face is damn deceiving. Sure it looks great but work on all sides of the head and you`ll find its rather tricky indeed. Man I still cant believe how challenging it is to master all sides of the head. Anyway, you handle value and form well when you draw on paper that is. keep it up!
I'd like to see more application of the studies to your doodling.
I see full muscles on the arm studies, but then I see alot of tube arms on the full-body sketches. Internalize your studies by applyiing them immediately.
And don't lose your posting fire
OldNoobie - one man's fun is another man's masochism muscles are so unbelievably complex (especially the forearm), what with the twisting and the flexing and the interweaving...but it certainly is a fascinating study.
Max - crap! You've found me out!
As to the fire, no worries, I'm still a posting madman...just been hella-busy what with the holiday and such. Working in retail is quite a drag.
The amount of work you do is inspiring. And its paying off as well. The faces are coming along nicely and so it the rest. You made some really nice faces but this one i find most interesting. in the lower right corner, you can see you didnt get it exactly yet, but man you`re close to getting it. Its not the best work you made but i find your searching for the right thing very interesting. http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...5&d=1164316295